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What are RSS News Feeds?
News feeds enable you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest info from various websites in one place, as soon as it’s published, without having to visit those websites.
How do I start using feeds?
The first thing you need is a news reader. This is software that checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. There are many different versions; some are accessed using a browser, and some are downloadable applications.
Browser-based news readers like Google reader let you check on your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, while with downloadable applications you can store them on your computer, in the same way that you either keep your mail on a web-based service like Gmail or download your e-mail using Outlook.
If you click on the RSS button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader. Most sites that offer feeds use a orange button similar to that on the right, but some just have a simple web link.
Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.
How do I get a news reader?
There are many news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time. Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that works with your computer.
I found this list of various RSS news readers on Blogspace.com: